Two takes on Rouge Apr 26, 2012

by Jessica

What have people said about Julie Andrée T.? Here are a couple comments from critics. We've kept it at just these two to prevent any spoilers before next week's opening.

"Julie Andrée T's work, Rouge, comes at performance from the other end: it is an installation. Ms. Andrée T. generally avoids anything that reeks of traditional theater - character, narrative, et cetera - instead preferring to use spare dialogue if any to create a theater of images and space, especially the space immediately representing the female body. Of the two pieces she presented at Festival d'Avignon last year, Rouge is the more immediate and sensuous. Ms. Andrée T. prefers here the poetic performance to the directly inflammatory harangue, but still shows a subtle interest in the political. Difficult to discuss in words, her work is quite beautiful." - Seattlest

"The performances of Julie-Andrée T. are a little different, however. What she does on stage had me, hours after the show, putting my hands on a friend's shoulders and saying,"Listen to what I just saw; you won't believe it; brace yourself - it sounds crazy but it's awesome." I don't want to give away the show, but Julie-Andrée T.'s Not Waterproof (L'érosion d'un corps erroné) (May 29-30) and Rouge (June 2-3) walk the edge of anything I've ever seen in public performance art.

"In both works, as Julie-Andrée T. puts her body through a series of trials and transformations, we're put at ease by her casual nature and then unsettled - back and forth, back and forth, on that edge with her until just when we think we can't walk it anymore, we find we're hooked.

"Yes, it's weird, yes, moments are jaw-droppingly surprising, but it isn't done for shock value nor for pure intellectual investigation. Rather than an inquiry into social norms or a send-up of similar work that has come before, there's a deep emotional thread running throughout. This is about something that not only the artist is trying to figure out, but questions that plague us all: monotony in life and its ephemeral nature, the suppression of emotional truth, and how to connect with others and still maintain our own shifting identities." - The Hour